The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
ASCSA
Peter Topping

PETER TOPPING PAPERS

COLLECTION OVERVIEW

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

SCOPE AND CONTENT

LIST OF CONTENTS

SERIES I: CORRESPONDENCE

SERIES II: ACADEMIC 

SERIES III: PERSONAL PAPERS AND DIARIES

SERIES IV: WORKS BY PETER TOPPING

SERIES V: THE VENETIAN CADASTERS OF ROMANIA (NAUPLIA, ARGOLIS) – ARGOLIS EXPLORATION PROJECT

SERIES VI: VENETIAN AND FRANKISH PELOPONNESE

SERIES VII: HISTORY OF VENICE – HISTORY OF GREECE UNDER VENETIAN RULE

SERIES VIII: HISTORY OF LATIN GREECE

SERIES IX: HISTORY OF THE OTTOMAN PELOPONNESE

SERIES X: HISTORY OF ARGOLIS (PELOPONNESE)

SERIES XI: HISTORY OF MESSENIA AND LACONIA (PELOPONNESE)

SERIES XII: BYZANTINE HISTORY

SERIES XIII: WESTERN MEDIEVAL HISTORY

SERIES XIV: OTTOMAN HISTORY

SERIES XV: ALBANICA

SERIES XVI: GREEK STUDIES IN THE U.S.A - GREEKS OF THE U.S.A - GREEK CHURCH IN THE  U.S.A                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

SERIES XVII: MODERN GREECE

  SERIES XVIII: ASCSA AND THE GENNADEION

SERIES XVIIII: VARIA

COLLECTION OVERVIEW

Collection Number: GR GL PWT 116
Name(s) of Creator(s): Peter W. Topping (1916-2003)
Title: Peter W. Topping Papers
Date [bulk]: 1946-1980
Date [inclusive]:
Language(s):
English
Summary: The collection consists of professional correspondence, personal diaries and documents, and notes, transcriptions, and bibliography pertaining to Topping's scholarly publications.
Quantity: Abour 8,6 linear meters
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Harriett Topitzes (2012) and the University of Cincinnati Archives (2014)
Information about Access: The collection is available for research with partial restrictions
Cite as: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Gennadius Library Archives, Peter Topping Papers (Αμερικανική Σχολή Κλασικών Σπουδών στην Αθήνα, Γεννάδειος Βιβλιοθήκη, Αρχείο Peter Topping)

For more information, please contact the Archives:
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
54 Souidias Street, Athens 106 76, Greece,
phone: 213-000-2400 (ext. 106) or 210-721-0536 (ext. 214)
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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Peter W. Topping was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 13, 1916. He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1937 and his PhD in medieval history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1942. He served as Instructor in history (University of Wisconsin, 1943-1944); Assistant Professor of History (University of California, Santa Barbara, 1948-1953);  Librarian of the Gennadius Library (1953-1960); Professor of History and Later Greek Studies (University of Cincinnati, 1961-1978); and Senior Research Associate at the Byzantine Center of Dumbarton Oaks (1976-1984). Following the end of World War II, he served as Interpreting Officer in the State Department's Allied Mission to Observe the Greek Elections, 1946). Topping also served as a member in many committees including the Managing Committee of the ASCSA, the United States National Committee for Byzantine Studies, and the Board of Scholars at the Byzantine Center in Dumbarton Oaks. He wrote many books and articles about Greece during the Frankish and Venetian period (13th-18th centuries). Topping died in 2003.

 



SCOPE AND CONTENT

The collection has been organized into eighteen series. Series I includes correspondence which is arranged alphabetically and chronologically following Peter Topping’s original filing. Correspondence can be found in other series, according to the creator's original arrangement by topic. The collection has a specialized research interest: it includes many transcriptions of original Venetian documents from the State Archive of Venice (Archivio di Stato di Venezia) pertaining to the history of the Peloponnese during the Venetian domination (1686-1715). Of special interest is the vast collection of documents concerning the Venetian cadaster of Nauplia (Argolis – Peloponnese) studied by Peter Topping with the aim to publish it (Series V). Peter Topping also gathered bibliography and transcriptions of historical documents concerning the history of Byzantine, Frankish, Venetian, and Ottoman Greece with notes and comments arranged in folders by topic. (This material was organized into series VI-XIV.)  Information about the Greeks, the Greek Church, and Greek Studies in the U.S.A is included in Series XVI.

 



LIST OF CONTENTS


SERIES I: CORRESPONDENCE


1. Alphabetically

BOX 1:
Folder 1: Allison, Robert,
Folder 2: Alexander, William (Βασίλης)
Folder 3: Anton, John
Folder 4: Antoniadi (Αντωνιάδη Σοφία)
Folder 5: Arbel, Benjamin
Folder 6: Athanassopoulou, Effi
Folder 7: Blegen, Carl
Folder 8: Blitzer, Harriet
Folder 9: Brumfield, Allaire
Folder 10: Chairete, Maria (Χαιρέτη, Μαρία)
Folder 11: Choras, G. (Χώρας, Γεώργιος)
Folder 12: Cincinnati, University
Folder 13: Clark, Mari
Folder 14: Clarke, Mari – Fishman, David

BOX 2:
Folder 1: Davies, Siriol
Folder 2: Δημητρακόπουλος, Οδυσσέας
Folder 3: Democratic Party
Folder 4: Dumbarton Oaks
Folder 5: Frizziero, Lina
Folder 6: Gavrielides, Nicolas (I)
Folder 7: Gavrielides, Nicolas (II)
Folder 8: Georgakas, Dan
Folder 9: Giatrakou, Maria (I)
Folder 10: Giatrakou, Maria (II)
Folder 11: Grégoire, Henri
Folder 12: Hendrickx, B.
Folder 13: Hodgett, Cristine
Folder 14: Huntley, William
Folder 15: H.U.R.A. (Harvard University Retiree Association)
Folder 16: Ilieva, Annetta

BOX 3:
Folder 1: Jameson, Michael (I)
Folder 2: Jameson, Michael (II)
Folder 3: Jameson, Michael (III)
Folder 4: Kapetanakis, Stavros
Folder 5: Kardulias, Nick
Folder 6: Kontos, Demosthenes (I)
Folder 7: Kontos, Demosthenes (II)
Folder 8: Koster, Harold (I)
Folder 9: Koster, Harold (II)
Folder 10: Laiou, Angeliki
Folder 11: LaMonte, John
Folder 12: Library of Congress
Folder 13: Longnon, Jean
Folder 14: Luttrell, Anthony
Folder 15: Manoussakas, Manoussos (Hellenic Institute of Venice)
Folder 16: Marder, Everett Joseph
Folder 17: Maryland, University

BOX 4:
Folder 1: Martin, Donald (I)
Folder 2: Martin, Donald (II)
Folder 3: McGrew, William (I)
Folder 4: McGrew, William (II)
Folder 5: McGrew, William (III)
Folder 6: McGrew, William (IV)
Folder 7: Panagiotopoulos, Vasilis
Folder 8: Panteleimon (Karanikolas), Metropolitan of Corinth
Folder 9: Papadopoulos, Stephanos
Folder 10: Petropoulos, John
Folder 11: Petrovich, Michael
Folder 12: Philippides, Marios

BOX 5:
Folder 1: Ploumidis, Georgios (I)
Folder 2: Ploumidis, Georgios (II)
Folder 3: Ploumidis, Georgios (III)
Folder 4: Psychogios, Dinos
Folder 5: Rapp, Richard
Folder 6: Setton, Ken
Folder 7: Sevcenko, Ihor
Folder 8: Slot, R.
Folder 9: Skendi, Stavro
Folder 10: Stanitsas, S. (I)
Folder 11: Stanitsas, S. (II)
Folder 12: Sutton, Susan
Folder 13: Turner, Eileen (Variorum Revised Editions and Reprints)
Folder 14: Vryonis, Spiros
Folder 15: Wagstaff, J. (I)
Folder 16: Wagstaff, J. (II)
Folder 17: Wells, Herman (Indiana University)
Folder 18: Wolf, Bob


2. Chronologically

BOX 6
Folder 1: 1939-1940, 1946
Folder 2: 1944-1948
Folder 3: 1947-1949
Folder 4: 1956, 1960-1969
Folder 5: 1970-1979
Folder 6: 1980-1989
Folder 7: 1990-1991
Folder 8: 1992
Folder 9: 1993-1995
Folder 10: 1996-1998 (and 2 letters from his wife Eva, 1996)
Folder 11: 1998
Folder 12: Post mortem letters to Eva Topping, 2003. Letters to Jack Davis (former director of ASCSA) from Harriette Topitzes (2015)


SERIES II: ACADEMIC 


BOX 7
Folder 1: CV of Greek researchers (access restricted)
Folder 2: Correspondence with Harriet Blitzer and notes about her work, "The traditional industries of Greece: their history, technology, raw materials and trade" (access restricted)
Folder 3: United States National Committee for Byzantine Studies, Medieval Academic News
Folder 4: Crete, varia (notes, photocopies of articles, newspapers clippings, congresses)
Folder 5: 6th Cretological Congress
Folder 6: The Travel Journal of Evliya Celepi by Pierre Mackay
Folder 7: Thesis by Nicolas Gavrielides concerning the social history and anthropology of the village Fourni (Argolid, Peloponnese)
Folder 8: D. M. Metcalf, The currency of deniers tournois in Frankish Greece
Folder 9: Symposia of History  held by the Monemvasiotikos Omilos at Monemvasia, and articles on the history of Monemvasia by Harris Kalligas
Folder 10: P. N. Kardoulias, text about research at Argolid
Folder 11: 1984. Summer Seminar
Folder 12: Correspondence and notes about historical congresses (1980’s)

BOX 8
Folder 1: Correspondence between P. Topping and Anma Libri, Braun-Brumfield and Cambridge Typesetter about the publication of the Catastico di Romania
Folder 2: Byzantine conferences 1997-1998
Folder 3: Byzantine congresses: 7th International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Brussels, 1948: 4 photos
Folder 4: Chios and Chiots: conference, 1984
Folder 5: University of Cincinnati: History Department Faculty
Folder 6: Conferences: Byzantine and Modern Hellenism: programs
Folder 7: Dumbarton Oaks: programs of lectures, 1999
Folder 8: Fulbright Association: newsletters, 1996-1997
Folder 9: Demetrius Georgacas: Dictionary
Folder10: Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota: correspondence, pamphlets etc. 
Folder 11: McGrew William, "Land and Revolution in Modern Greece 1821 to 1871," thesis submitted to the University of Cincinnati, 1971
Folder 12: Maps – Geographical names
Folder 13: Maps for sale
Folder 14: Proposal for the establishment of a Middle East Center in Cincinnati
Folder 15: Eva and Peter Topping, The Modern Greek Collection of the University of Cincinnati, The Center of European Studies and Humanities “Ioannis Capodistrias”

 

SERIES III: PERSONAL PAPERS AND DIARIES

BOX 9
The box contains 8 folders of documents (1-8) concerning medical issues. Also 2 folders (9 and 10) with information about house economics (security issues, garden maintenance) (access restricted)


BOX 10
Folder 1: Documents concerning P. Topping’s connection with the Allied Mission to Observe the Greek Elections (AMOGE) after World War II
Folder 2:  P. Topping’s CV
Folder 3:  Biographical notes about P. Topping and his wife Eva Catafygiotou
Folder 4: P. Topping’s CV, diploma, awards and 2 photos  
Folder 5: England: book purchases, 1952-1985
Folder 6:  Book purchases, 1985- 1995
Folder 7:  Letters to Congress, pro-Cyprus, 1980s
Folder 8: Who’s Who in America – Eva Catafygiotou - Topping   
Folder 9: Ten leaves of the newspaper "The Oracle" published by the Bay High School (Wisconsin), 1933-1934, editor: Peter Topitzes (Topping)


BOX 11
Eleven diaries with notes about P. Topping’s work in USA, Italy (Venice), and Greece (1933-1983), 2 notebooks and 2 addresses books
 

SERIES IV: WORKS BY PETER TOPPING

BOX 12

Folder 1: Text (draft) titled “The Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Period’’ from his research concerning the history of Southern Argolis (Ermionidha)
Folder 2: “Armenian and Greek refugees in Crete and the Aegean World (XIV-XV centuries)”: photocopies, notes and correspondence regarding the publication of the article from the 5th Cretological Congress
Folder 3: Transcriptions of Venetian documents (Archivio Grimani dai Servi) concerning the history of the Peloponnese (end of the XVIIth century), made by Lina Frizziero on behalf of Peter Topping
Folder 4: Correspondence and notes about P. Topping’s article entitled “Domenico Gritti’s Relatione on Morea” for the periodical Thesaurismata
Folder 5: A letter of Angeliki Laiou to P. Topping and a list of participants at the congress The Internal Diaspora of the Byzantine Empire (1993)
Folder 6: Announcement of P.Topping’s lectures about the history of Venice in the U.S.A
Folder 7: Summary of P. Topping’s paper entitled “The Relazione of Antonio Nani” at the 3d International Congress for the Peloponnesian Studies
Folder 8: Text of P. Topping entitled “Venice’s Greek Empire: The view from Napoli di Romania”
Folder 9: P. Topping’s book review of B. Slot’s “Archipelagus turbatus”
Ten offprints of P. Topping, five photocopies of P. Topping’s text about the Venetian Morea

BOX 13
Bibliographical cards and notes

 

SERIES V: THE VENETIAN CADASTERS OF ROMANIA (NAUPLIA, ARGOLIS) – ARGOLIS EXPLORATION PROJECT

BOX 14
The box contains 19 folders with transcriptions of documents with notes and corrections from the Venetian Cadasters of  Nauplia and its region during the Venetian domination (1686-1715)

BOX 15
The box contains 19 folders with transcriptions of documents with notes and comments from the Venetian Cadasters of Nauplia. In addition, it includes photos of the original Venetian documents

BOX 16
The box contains 13 folders with transcriptions of documents, notes, comments and bibliography about the Venetian Cadasters. In addition correspondence of P. Topping in relation to the publication of the book about the Venetian Cadasters of Nauplia

BOX 17
The box contains 18 folders with photos of Venetian documents concerning Argolis

BOX 18
The box contains 17 folders with transcriptions of Venetian documents and negatives, as well as handwritten notes concerning Argolis

BOX 19
The box contains 8 folders with transcriptions of documents with notes, and corrections from the Venetian Cadasters of Nauplia

BOX 20
The box contains 6 folders with transcriptions of documents with notes and corrections from the Venetian Cadasters of Nauplia


SERIES VI: VENETIAN AND FRANKISH PELOPONNESE


BOX 21
The box contains 26 folders with photocopies, photos and transcriptions of Venetian documents, notes, and bibliography concerning the period of the Venetian rule in the Peloponnese (1686-1715)

BOX 22
The box contains 26 folders with photocopies, photos and transcriptions of Venetian documents, notes, and bibliography concerning the period of the Venetian rule in the Peloponnese (1686-1715)

BOX 23
The box contains 24 folders with photocopies, photos and transcriptions of Venetian documents, notes, and bibliography concerning the period of the Venetian rule in the Peloponnese (1686-1715)

BOX 24
The box contains 18 folders with photocopies, photos and transcriptions of Venetian documents, notes, and bibliography concerning the period of the Venetian rule in the Peloponnese (1686-1715)

BOX 25
The box contains folders with photocopies and transcriptions of Venetian documents, notes, and bibliography concerning the period of the first Venetian rule in certain areas of the Peloponnese (XIII – XVI c.), [folders 1-11] as well as folders with photos and transcriptions of documents, notes and photocopies of bibliography concerning the period of the Frankish domination in the Peloponnese (XIII-XV c.),[folders 12-15]

 

SERIES VII: HISTORY OF VENICE – HISTORY OF GREECE UNDER VENETIAN RULE

BOX 26
The box contains 22 folders with photocopies and notes of bibliography concerning the history of Venice

BOX 27
The box contains 18 folders with photocopies and notes of bibliography concerning the history of Venice

BOX 28
The box contains 23 folders with photocopies and notes of bibliography and transcriptions of Venetian documents concerning the Venetian domination in Greece, mainly in Crete and the Peloponnese. The folder number 23 contains information about Venetian measures in the Peloponnese

BOX 29
The box contains 12 folders with photocopies, notes of bibliography and off prints concerning the Venetian domination in Greece, mainly in Crete and the Peloponnese (also 2 reproductions of Coronelli’s plans of Nicosia and Famagusta in Cyprus)

 

SERIES VIII: HISTORY OF LATIN GREECE


BOX 30
The box contains 23 folders with photocopies and notes of bibliography concerning primarily the history of the Peloponnese during the Frankish period (1204-mid. XV century) and the Crusades. The first folder contains correspondence between P. Topping and David Jacoby of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem


BOX 31
The box contains 10 folders with photocopies and notes of bibliography concerning primarily the history of the Peloponnese during the Frankish period (1204-mid. XV century) and the Crusades

 

SERIES IX: HISTORY OF THE OTTOMAN PELOPONNESE

BOX 32
The box contains 12 folders with photocopies and notes of bibliography concerning the period of the first Ottoman rule in the Peloponnese (XV-XVII centuries)

 

SERIES X: HISTORY OF ARGOLIS (PELOPONNESE)


BOX 33
The box contains 17 folders with transcriptions of Venetians documents, of bibliography and notes concerning the history of Argolis during the Venetian domination (XIV-XV, XVII centuries)

BOX 34
The box contains 14 folders with documents concerning various academic projects and Ph.D dissertations about the history of Argolid (Argolid Exploration Project, Pastoral Settlement and Land Use, Land Use Reconstruction on the Argolis, Settlement Pattern Change in the Southern Argolid, Intensification of Pastoralism in a Greek village, A study in the Cultural Ecology of an Olive-growing Community: the Southern Argolid, 1970-1990)

BOX 35
The box contains 18 folders with photocopies of bibliography and notes about the history of Argolis

 

SERIES XI: HISTORY OF MESSENIA AND LACONIA (PELOPONNESE)


BOX 36
The box contains folders with transcriptions of Venetians documents, of maps and photocopies of bibliography about Messenia (regarding the project “Minnesota Messenia Expedition”) [folders 1-10] and photocopies of bibliography and maps about Laconia [folders 11-14]

 

SERIES XII: BYZANTINE HISTORY

BOX 37
The box contains 41 folders with photocopies and notes of bibliography concerning various subjects of Byzantine history (5 offprints are included)


BOX 38
The box contains folders with photocopies and notes of bibliography concerning the ecclesiastical history of Byzantium [folders 1-9]; folder 9 contains documents about Mount Athos and Peter Topping's διαμονητήριον (visa) from his visit in 1956. The box contains also folders of bibliography concerning the economic history of Byzantium [folders 10-16,] and folders of photocopies, notes and newspaper clippings concerning book reviews regarding Byzantine history and Byzantine studies [folders 17-25] (3 offprints are included)


SERIES XIII: WESTERN MEDIEVAL HISTORY

BOX 39
The box contains 6 folders of photocopies of bibliography and notes concerning Western Medieval History and the Early Renaissance 


SERIES XIV: OTTOMAN HISTORY

BOX 40
The contains 40 folders of photocopies of bibliography, articles, notes and newspapers clippings concerning various subjects of the Ottoman History and the Ottoman Archives in Turkey


SERIES XV: ALBANICA

BOX 41
The box contains 7 folders of photocopies of bibliography, articles and notes concerning the Albanian history, the Albanian language and the history of Albanian settlements in Greece (Arvanites), mainly in Attica

 

SERIES XVI: GREEK STUDIES IN THE U.S.A - GREEKS OF THE U.S.A - GREEK CHURCH IN THE  U.S.A                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

BOX 42
The box contains 14 folders of pamphlets, correspondence, newspaper clippings etc. regarding the Greeks Studies in the U.S.A (1970-1990). Folder 12 contains 13 issues of the  Bulletin of the Modern Greek Studies Association (1969-1975), 1 of The Classical Bulletin (1951), 1 of Center for Hellenic Studies (1996), 2 of Modern Greek Society. A Social Science Newsletter (1989, 1995), 1 of Harvard University Gazzette (Dec. 1998)

BOX 43
The box contains 10 folders of photocopies of bibliography, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, correspondence about Greeks of the U.S.A, the history of Greek migration in the U.S.A

BOX 44
The box contains 8 folders of correspondence, pamphlets, newspaper clippings about Greeks of the U.S.A [AHEPA Association, The Philhellene-Bulletin of the American Friends of Greece (23 issues 1942-1944), The Hellenic Spectator, 1 issue, 1940]. Folder 5 contains newspaper clippings of Greek newspapers regarding social and moral topics of Modern Greece (1950-1970)

BOX 45
The box contains 9 folders of pamphlets, newspapers clippings etc. regarding the Greek-Orthodox Church in the U.S.A (establishment, parishes etc)

BOX 46
The box contains 3 folders of documents about the Greek-Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. Folder 2 contains newspapers (Orthodox Observer, Εθνικός Κήρυξ) and documents about the visit of the Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios to the U.S.A (July 2-12, 1990). Folder 3 contains a special edition of Εθνικός Κήρυξ (June 29-30, 1996) dedicated to Archbishop Iakovos. Folder 4 contains the magazine Odyssey with an exclusive interview of Archbishop Spyridon (November/December 1996)

 

SERIES XVII: MODERN GREECE

BOX 47
The box contains 25 folders of photocopies of articles and notes concerning the Modern Greek History (mainly in XVIII-XIX centuries, history of the Peloponnese)

BOX 48
Folders 1-6 contain articles, newspapers clippings about the Modern Greek language and literature (Kavafis, Kazantzakis). Folders 7-21 contain articles and newspapers clippings about Modern Greek politics, economy and foreign policy

BOX 49
The box contains 7 folders of photocopies of articles, pamphlets and newspapers clippings about the Western Policy Center (Washington D.C.); the Greek population during the second half of 19th century;  the destruction of Smyrna in 1922 and the slaying of Metropolitan Chrysostomos; and Greek art in the 20th century (Giorgos Sikeliotis, D. Mytaras, Rallis-Kopsidis, Zygos Gallery)

 
SERIES XVIII: ASCSA AND THE GENNADEION

BOX 50   (access restricted)
The box contains 8 folders of correspondence, pamphlets and notes regarding ASCSA and the Gennadeion from 1961 to 1997 (about G. Seferis papers- a visiting card of G. Seferis to P. Topping, 4 issues of Newsletter (1981, 1994, 1995, 1997), documents about archaeologist Harriet Blitzer and the new director of the Gennadeion Haris Kalligas, a letter of Philippos Dragoumis to P.T. about Ion Dragoumis books and papers). 17 issues of ASCSA Newsletter (1979-1999). 


SERIES XVIIII: VARIA

BOX 51
Folders 1-8 contain photocopies of articles and notes concerning weights and measures in Greece during the Venetian domination. Folders 9-14 contain photocopies of articles, notes, and newspaper clippings about the transliteration of the Greek alphabet, the Greek Archives (late 40s and 50s), the Jews in Greece, and the Gypsies

BOX 52
The box contains 17 folders of photocopies of articles, newspaper clippings, and notes concerning various subjects as trees, climate, plague (in Venice and in Greece), historical ecology in Greece, earthquakes, history of Italy, Modern Greece, the Catholic Church etc.

BOX 53
The box contains: a folder with pamphlets, an article by Manoussos Manousakas about Greek history in the 17th century, an article by John and offprints by Nikos A. Bees (Βέης) about the byzantine and post byzantine history, two volumes of Δωδώνη (vol. 21, 26, University of Ioannina), Anton about the poet C. Kavafis, photocopies of article by D. Zakythinos about Sophia Antoniades, the first director of the Greek Institute of Byzantine and Post Byzantine Studies in Venice

BOX 54
The box contains pamphlets, issues, calendars, art catalogues on various subjects and photos of the title page of Greek books (XVIII century)